Four secondary schools in Saint Lucia have now started to operate as technical institutes. The Piaye, Angier, Grand Riviere, and John Odlum secondary schools have now shifted their focus to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

Saint Lucia: Education Minister announces shift to Vocational Training, promises distribution of devices for students

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Saint Lucia: Four secondary schools in Saint Lucia have now started to operate as technical institutes. The Piaye, Angier, Grand Riviere, and John Odlum secondary schools have now shifted their focus to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

According to Shawn Edward, The Minister for Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, this form of skill investment would benefit both the students and the country.

He added that we all know that students learn differently. Thus, it is our intention to meet them at their respective levels. He expressed that the approach of ‘One Size Fits All’ must not be allowed to continue when it comes to the education of the children.

He stated that we must recognize their talents and passions and create spaces that are centers of vocational excellence, where (the students) can have the opportunity to chase and realize their dreams.

In the meantime, the ministry of education is pursuing its goal of achieving technological integration in schools by distributing learning devices to the students.

Minister of Education Shawn Edward made the announcement mentioned above while addressing the nation to green-light the commencement of the new school year, 2022-23.

The Minister of Education Further added that the government intends to ensure that (our) students have the chance to become competent and creative in the digital environment. At the same time, the government of Saint Lucia seeks to promote responsible use of technology among students.

He stated, “As a government, we remain resolute in our commitment to pursue a transformative education agenda, and we support the mantra that no student, no child will be left behind.”

Therefore, as promised, (The government of Saint Lucia) continues the distribution of devices to the students of Form One, Form Two and (in some cases) form three.

Primary schools will also benefit from more than 200 devices and smart classrooms.